New Jersey Department of Health is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease — a bacteria-triggered form of pneumonia — in Union County in which at least 14 cases, including one death, were confirmed.

The cases were reported to the state’s Department of Health between Feb. 3 and Feb. 26, according to officials.

Health officials are working with the local health departments in Union County to investigate this cluster. The individual who died was a male resident of Union County in his late 60s.

“This is a continuing investigation. The risk to anyone who lives in Union County is very small,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.  “Out of an abundance of caution, the Department recommends that individuals who live in Union County who become ill with pneumonia-like/respiratory symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headache visit their healthcare provider.”

The state sees about 250 to 350 cases of Legionnaires’ disease a year.

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